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Analyzing two years of post-reform data, the report's authors found that the ACA's expanded dependent coverage provision increased access to dental care for young adults ages 19-25 by 6.9 percentage points. Given that the pre-reform coverage rate for this group was 38 percent, this is a significant increase. Utilization of dental services had also increased by 3.3 percentage points. Finally, the study showed that the ACA policy led to a 2.0 percentage point decrease in the likelihood of this age group experiencing financial barriers to dental care.
The ACA medical coverage expansion's effect on dental coverage could slow a trend in recent years that has seen fewer young adults seeking and receiving routine dental care.
"Given that the ACA fell far short of what it should have done for adult dental coverage, this at least is encouraging news," he said.
"The fact remains that this segment of the population is just that—only a segment," Dr. Norman said. "Millions of Americans continue to face barriers to dental care, which is why the ADA created Action for
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